Aug 30, 2014

Review: Fatal Consequences


Fatal Consequences
Fatal Consequences by J.G. Faherty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



REVIEW:

This book was just what a I needed. A full on blood pumping scare. I loved the suspense and the haunted feelings Alec had about what he had gone through. The scenes were absolutely creepy and freaky enough to keep me turning the pages. I am so glad I was given this book free for a n honest review.

The book started with action immediately and kept going straight through til the end. I wasn't sure about the ending, but that is fine. . . Who wants to always guess the ending ? I thought there might be a logical answer at one point and was just excited to keep reading. I hate to give anything away, but this book has the thing that creeps me out the most... It is great.

The author even managed to work in that their camping started as a result of Cub Scouts, which I will definitely think about on our next Cub Scout camping trip. The author done a great job of starting out strong and holding a fast pace til the end. No time for boredom.



BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Every decision carries a price.

Alec Winter is a man haunted by his own cowardice. When a bear attacked his family

during a camping trip, he ran and hid. When he returned, his children were dead and his

wife badly injured. But everyone believes he’s a hero because he led rescuers back in time to

save her. Ever since then, his children’s deaths have haunted him. Now, on the anniversary

of the attack, strange things begin happening. The people who helped Alec are dying in very

violent ways, leaving him to wonder if guilt has finally driven him crazy...or if something far

worse is coming for him.






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Review: The Mutts Diaries


The Mutts Diaries
The Mutts Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



REVIEW:

I haven't read the Mutts in years. This comic is laid out as if drawn on notebook paper (apparently a big thing these days). The animals are as sweet, cute and funny as ever.

I was provided this book by the publisher for an honest review. It is good to see that some things that have been around a while still touch the hearts if animal lovers. I love pets and found these comics very funny & also containing a lot of truth. Very funny read.



BOOK DESCRIPTION:

 The beloved characters in Mutts have a special appeal to kids. The warm humor and friendship between unlikely characters create a special blend. Earl is a small mutt with a big heart who cheerfully tugs at the leash on the walk of life. Earl is Mooch the cat's innocent friend, as well as a witness to Mooch's antics, and is sometimes a reluctant participant. Mooch has a fuzzy way of thinking and exclaiming "Yesh!" when really excited. Lively, animated, confident, and silly, Mooch is a smorgasbord of emotions who dances with enthusiasm and sings a lot. Mooch is the curious instigator of action, while the ever-loyal Earl often gets pulled into the fray.

 Created in 1994, Mutts appears in more than 700 newspapers and in 20 countries. McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year, six Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip, Germany's Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip, and the Swedish Academy of Comic Art's Adamson Statuette. Mutts has also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy, including two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award.



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Aug 29, 2014

Review: Le Rat


Le Rat
Le Rat by Elise Gravel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



DESCRIPTION:

One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Rat is a look at the black rat. It covers such topics as the rat's long, agile tail (it's good for balancing and picking noses), long teeth (they can chew through anything, including books) and disgusting taste in food (delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce, anyone?). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Rat contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.


REVIEW:

What a gross & genius way to introduce the importance of the rat to children. I love The Rat's funny illustrations and the fact that a lesson is taught to children as they laugh. Rats are gross and disgusting of course, but this humorous book is a huge success at making them funny and interesting. Love the illustrations!

I was given this book for an honest review. The Rat is very well crafted for young children. The humor and creativity show the importance of a usually yucky subject.




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Review: Viral Nation


Viral Nation
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



DESCRIPTION:

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.



REVIEW

I really enjoyed the beginning chapters of this book and the building of the dystopian world was fairly believable. i began to lose interest pretty quickly once so many new characters were introduced, with situations that seemed unlikely. I was given this book for an honest review.

I,found it hard to believe that the all knowing government had no idea that these kids were out to change the future, present via the time travel angel. Many of the characters did not make sense, and the situations became unexplainable. I read mostly young adult, action, dystopian, or children's books. I found that after a while this book just no longer made sense and my mind would keep wandering away or I would be thinking "how are they managing that, why are they doing that?"...

Did not hold my interest.



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Review: You


You
You by Caroline Kepnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




Description

Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect fa├žade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.



REVIEW:

Oh my God. Joe seemed like such a nice / normal guy that I could find myself relating to then BAM. I mean who among us hasn't driven by a place or accidentally - on purpose put ourselves in the direct line of our crush? That's normal right?

I was given this book free for an honest review and I honestly could not stop reading it. Joe would seem like any ole "regular Joe" one minute then he gets closer & closer to that invisible CRAZY line. STALKER NUT! At times I wanted to choke Beck myself for being one of those up on the air folks lol.

The truly horrific part of this book is that it happens every day with guys (and girls) that seem perfectly normal and honestly most people can see parts of the self in Joe's actions, then he goes a lot too far. I kept finding myself saying, "No Joe, don't do it" because I was completely cheering for him to get the girl, or a better one in places.

This book kept me glued to the pages and hoping for Joe's redemption to the end.... Wonderfully addictive read! Action packed and so too close to Mandy's reality.



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Review: Oliver and the Seawigs


Oliver and the Seawigs
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Oliver and the Seawigs was such a fun and exciting read I would highly recommend it for young readers. I was given this book free for an honest review.

I love to see creative and beautifully illustrated books like this that stretch children's imaginations, and encourage them to dream. A silly dream is better than no dream at all. Oliver is funny and the whole book has a creative and silly feel which will easily pull hung readers into the adventure. I am a sucker for silly and wonderful illustrations too.



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Aug 20, 2014

Review: Zombie Halloween


Zombie Halloween
Zombie Halloween by R.L. Stine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Book description:
The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edition!

Kenny Manzetti was the new kid in town. His family moved back in to an old house to help take care of his grandfather. Everyone in his new neighborhood is obsessed with zombies--even Grandpa Mo. But then a new family moves in next door and there choice in furniture is...interesting.

Kenny is convinced that there is something strange about the new neighbors but his parents won't listen to him. So Kenny and his friends go in for a closer look. A bad idea on any day but definitely the wrong choice around Halloween. Will Kenny survive long enough to go trick or treating?

With an extended page count this special edition is a scream!




REVIEW:

My brother, who is now 30, was a huge Goosebumps fan as a young reader. The Goosebumps books, by R. L. Stine, have a long history of scaring the bejeebies out of young readers. This installment with children living near a graveyard & the fear of the zombies possibly looming outside does not disappoint. I received a free copy of this young readers book free of charge to provide an honest review of.

I love that good, clean, spook books like this are still being written, and are still so popular among children 8, 9 & up who want a good scare with lots of action and suspense. Even as an adult, I get a little creep from the fast moving action as opposed to the grown up (slow moving) books I usually read.

Let's hear it for the master author for young readers over the past few decades ~ R.L. Stine.

Many boys (& I'm sure some girls) wouldn't even be reading at all if they weren't able to get their hands on Goosebumps books!





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Aug 7, 2014

Review: Seed Savers:Treasure


Seed Savers:Treasure
Seed Savers:Treasure by S. Smith

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



DESCRIPTION:

Two kids, two bikes, and an idea they can change their world.


It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare’s world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.


Then one day Clare meets an old woman who teaches her about seeds and real food. The woman (Ana) tempts Clare with the notion that food exists other than the square, processed, packaged food she has always known. Under Ana’s tutelage, Clare and her friends learn about seeds and gardening despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.


When the authorities discover the children’s forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called "The Garden State," and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually. Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?


Treasure is a gentle dystopian, frightening only is the possibility that we may not be far from the future it paints.


REVIEW:


This book had a good idea, but there were so many things that I would NOT want my child to do ... Allow an adult to talk him into growing an illegal plant , have me go to jail for it, keep secrets from me because a lady at church or tutoring said to, when I went to jail TAKE OFF on a bike, stay with a stranger for days & then take a map & travel 400 miles to a border never giving their jailed mom another thought!!! Bringing the Bible verses in as they lie to other kids to get help finding a house, and care nothing about people along the way?? It's conflicting to have them following the Bible while breaking the law & feeling good about their ability to trick and lie so well.

I was provided this book free of charge for an honest review.






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